Within a period of 6 weeks, attended 3 weddings and a funeral. The celebration of the beginning of a new life for 3 lovely couples and the celebration of the end of a long and wonderful journey for a nice old gentleman all have 1 thing in common – food.
The first wedding in late November was at the Hilton Hotel. The only thing I can remember about the food was that I can’t remember a single dish we had that night. That was how normal the food is. Nothing special and nothing bad cos I sure can remember if it is was either.
The second wedding was a lunch last Sunday at the Marriot. The food like in all good hotel was good but not remarkably so but the whole experience was marred when while in the rest room, I saw a chef (in full uniform no less) came out of the toilet. We talking of the WC here and walked out of the toilet, presumably to the kitchen without washing his hand! Did he washed his hands subsequently in the kitchen? I sure hope so. Needless to say, I shot off a letter to the hotel which duly apologise 2 days later. Alamak – and I was hoping they will give a coupon for a free meal:(
The last wedding was just tonight at a traditional Chinese restaurant – the Happy Restaurant at Tanjong Katong. The whole place has been fully renovated since the last time I was there many years ago but other than the decor, nothing else has changed even though they tried to modernize a bite. Somehow, a procession of aunties marching to Kitaro doesn’t make it! Alas, old habits die hard and at one stage the auntie was trying to squeeze 3 big plates of food on the table. And towards the end, they were clearing the tables before some of us have finish the food on the plate.
The best food surprisingly was at the traditional feast after the sending off. Even though it was only 4 in the afternoon, the food tasted damn good. Could it be because of the extra ‘ingredients’ added by the 2 cooks? Both of them were cooking with cigarettes dangling from their mouths and the previous few nights I had observed the ashes falling down while they were cooking. Yeech:(